Date: November 05, 2012
Filed in: concepts, frontpage, opinion

Global Spying: Realistic Probabilities In Modern Signals Intelligence

A paper on the probabilities of global internet surviellance, presented in 2010 at the Defcon conference in Las Vegas, proving to be close to what becomes common knowledge today.

In this article, we will present insight to the realistic possibilities of Internet mass surveillance. When talking about the threat of Internet surveillance, the common argument is that there is so much traffic that any one conversation or email won’t be picked up unless  there is reason to suspect those concerned; it is impossible that “they” can listen to us all.

This argument assumes that there is a scarcity of resources and motivation required for mass surveillance. The truth is that motivation and resources are directly  connected. If the resources are inexpensive enough, then the motivations present are sufficient to use them. This is visible in the economic effect of supply availability increasing the demand. The effect is that since it is more easily done, it will be done more readily.  Another fault in the above argument is that it assumes that there is only all-or-nothing surveillance, which is incorrect.

The paper can be downloaded here: Global Spying: Realistic Probabilities In Modern Signals Intelligence